Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Best way to check and adjust alignment in the driveway?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TrcksR4ME, Oct 31, 2002.

  1. TrcksR4ME

    TrcksR4ME 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2002
    Posts:
    2,482
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Seattle, WA 98103
    What is the best/easiest way to check your alignment in the driveway? I am sure it is off some and want to adjust it so that its pretty close. Problem is figuring out a reliable way to measure. Any ideas/forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif Thanks
     
  2. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2001
    Posts:
    6,126
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    Powell, Wy
    I'm getting good at this game now. I take 2 peices of about 2' long angle or square tubing and clamp them to the rotors front to back then take a tape and measure front and back and adjust till they are the same distance front and back. So far I have done this to my D44 front and D60 and both time the alignment shop didn't have to adjsut a thing for me.
     
  3. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Posts:
    3,270
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Delafield, Wisconsin
    Decent method, but not totally correct. You need to have toe-in. This means that the front measurement should be around 3/16" shorter than the rear measurement.
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2000
    Posts:
    36,170
    Likes Received:
    1,379
    Location:
    E-town baby!
    I just did a buddy's 10 bolt. Clamped two levels to the rotors and made a couple of small marks 16" front and rear of the hub center on each level. I set it so I had 1/8" toe in when measured 16" ahead of center versus 16" behind center.

    He just got back from a long trip and said it track beautifully down the road...

    Rene
     
  5. TopOff

    TopOff 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2002
    Posts:
    1,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Folsom, ca
    I get some string with tacks on it. Tack one end of the string to the centerline of the tires 1/2 way up the tire. I tape phillip head drivers (the kind you can put in a drill chuck) on the other end of the string so it hanges just barely above the ground. Now measure distance between fronts and rears.
     
  6. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2000
    Posts:
    3,719
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    I use a piece of 1x4. measure from the inside of the tires at the frontmost and rearmost part of the tires...put a marks on the wood until they are the same distance apart...make the mark where they are equal bigger so you can tell which one it is for next time..using a tape measure is bad because it bends...make sure the end of the wood is on the very corner of the tread and sidewall. I like to press the wood up to the leaf springs in the front, and on top of the driveshaft but below the springs for the back to keep it level
     

Share This Page